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The Invention of Lying Reviews

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January 26, 2014
Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2012
As mildly amusing as it can be in places, it still won't convince non-fans that Gervais can play anything other than the fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2011
Gervais' satiric barbs on religion, beauty, disillusionment and the basic human need for hope aim for our comfort zones, and they all hit home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2011
The premise is clever but the film is not bold enough
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 29, 2010
The comedy is definitely there, but a heavy romantic focus drags it down in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 27, 2010
While there is nothing wrong with a comedy engaging in religious satire, neither Gervais nor Robinson seems willing to take on the topic thoughtfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2010
A high-concept, laugh-free over-indulgence that blows up terribly in the face of its smug star.
July 6, 2010
Gervais's attempts at ridiculing faith through satire only ends up becoming an offensive caricature backed with atheistic egotism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 6, 2010
There's clear comic potential in the film's high concept, and a fair amount of it is realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2010
A wry case for atheism, The Invention of Lying would have sent many Americans into an uproar if anyone had bothered to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2010
Gervais has helped craft a funny but inconsistent film, yet I'd be lying if I didn't mention that I appreciate the ambition and humor put into what could have been a one-note premise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 14, 2010
...its weakness is its lack of bite. It's too sweet and gentle for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 6, 2009
Mr. Gervais... has given us a static, crass Phil Connors to introduce the world to belief in the supernatural. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 26, 2009
Fans of Gervais from the classic TV shows Extras and The Office will enjoy the half-sentences, stop-start comic delivery and awkward pauses that have become his trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2009
The fatal flaw of The Invention of Lying is that the film conspires with the hero -- not against him -- in a way that's ideologically driven and humourless.
November 26, 2009
A high-concept comedy with a low yield of laughs, The Invention of Lying fights a losing battle with what was never a winning idea for a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 26, 2009
Ricky Gervais' new film isn't as out-and-out funny as you might have hoped, but it's still got some funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2009
Light, touching and entertaining, this comedy turns syrupy towards the end but is nonetheless sweetly affecting.
November 22, 2009
Ricky Gervais is a brave and creative talent and this subversive, ultimately romantic film about the value of white lies certainly has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2009
There are cycles of inspiration and rebirth, but the barbed promise of the early going loses its way in choices aimed at sentimentality rather than, as Harvey Kurtzman memorably put it, humor in a jugular vein.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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